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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Two officials from the Obama administration are traveling to North Carolina to get a first-hand look at damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack planned to survey crop damage Tuesday. Gov. Bev Perdue, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will join the cabinet secretaries in Manteo.

Napolitano and Vilsack are also scheduled to visit Richmond, VA, to tour the state’s emergency operations center and meet with local officials.

Residents who evacuated Ocracoke Island last week can start returning Tuesday on ferries that also are carrying utilities workers and damage assessment teams.

People who own property on Ocracoke but don’t live there are not being allowed on the island until utilities, roads, and other infrastructure are ready.

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